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Adventure WV first-year trips radio spot - Feb. 12, 2024
Shauna Johnson: At West Virginia University, Mountaineers go first. Registration is off to a strong start for Adventure West Virginia's first-year trips open to incoming students and scheduled for the coming summer months ahead of the start of the fall semester.
Marcedes Minana: The friends, the community, the solid support network is absolutely like where it's at.
Shauna Johnson: Program Coordinator, Marcedes Minana says trips offer a range of adventure levels with hiking, rock climbing, camping, and whitewater rafting programming for the general student population, or those with specific colleges, schools, units, and interests.
Marcedes Minana: The goal, three things. You're going to learn about the state. You're going to get to see things, learn more about the university, but you're going to learn that through the lens of upperclassmen, undergraduate students who have been there, they've jumped through these hoops so they can give you the tips and tricks. The best part, and the reason why I think everybody should do a trip or at least consider it, is the community. It's building that solid foundation of friends, of support, of just finding that place to belong. And that to me is the real benefit.
Shauna Johnson: Adventure West Virginia is marking its 20th year of these kinds of successful connection-building trips. Funding from the office of the Provost helps keep down costs for students. Those who are Pell-eligible attend at no charge.
Marcedes Minana: Success is often viewed as an individual pursuit, but when we look closer, we see that a huge part of somebody's success is that support system that they have in place. First-year trips are going to help incoming students to do just that. They're going to develop that support system that is going to help them to be successful in all aspects of their time at WVU.
Shauna Johnson: So let's go, follow our stories at wvutoday.wvu.edu.
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